The St. Paul Canadiens secured four points over the weekend with a pair of wins against Frog Lake and Onion Lake. On Friday the club traveled to Frog Lake to meet the T-Birds. A team the Canadiens have built up some heat against and were able to use that heat to push the game to overtime for a 4-3 win. The following evening they were back home against the Border Kings and captured a big 5-2 win.
Game 1 vs Frog Lake
In an interesting turn of events, the Canadiens and Frog Lake had to finish a game that started the week previous. Last Friday, their match-up was cut short after 22 minutes and picked up where they left off. The Canadiens were defeated in the first game, which started last week.
Immediately following the make-good, the team took a break and hit the ice for the second match; which was originally scheduled for that evening.
Joshua Swampy with assists from Tayon Metzler & Tristan Galarneau started the game with a goal in the first. swampy helped with the second goal of the game, put in by T-Birds’ Michael Cardinal in the second period. It was a battle back from there for the Habs. With just over a minute left in the second period, Kyle Crawford put in an unassisted goal for St. Paul.
With back-to-back goals, in third the Canadiens took the lead. Braydon Burak (assists Dyson Roy & Alexander Astasiewicz) and Zach Bendall (assists Alexander Astasiewicz & Bailey Lonsberry) put in the goals. Followed up by another goal from Joshua Swampy. It was a 3-3 game after 60 minutes.
After playing out 38 minutes from last Friday and a full 60 minutes from this Friday, both teams were looking ready to call the game as it heading into extra time. It took Brendan Wozniak only 1:25 into OT to put in the winner for the Canadiens, with Bailey Lonsberry on the assist.
Game 2 vs Onion Lake
“Onion Lake’s always tough,” Assistant Coach Travis Rolheiser says the players are ready for some fierce competition at the Clancy Richard Arena. “We were in Onion Lake last week and got the result we wanted. But it doesn’t matter who we play, we can’t take anything for granted and hopefully bring the same intensity as we did last week.” Coming off a 7-2 win the last time these two clubs met, the Canadiens were able to secure a 5-2 win on home ice on Saturday.
Onion Lake opened the scoring at the Clancy Richard, with a goal from Justice Gardipye at 14:22 in the first. The Canadiens responded quick and advanced before the period was done with goals from Orrie Wood & Alexander Astasiewicz. “It definitely feels good to get that tying goal and bring that energy to the room,” the 19 year old, Orrie Wood explains his goal, “we’ve got the momentum right now and I think we’re going to go from there.”
The team did excel from there with a goal in the second from Captain, Dyson Roy (assists Braydon Burak & Zach Bendall). The Border Kings were able to put another goal past Habs’ goaltender, Devin Allen, for a 3-2 game at the end of 40 minutes. “It was uncomfortable at that point,” says Head Coach Joe Young. “As the game went on in the third, we started getting more comfortable and more shots on net. Creating more speed and more cycles down low.” Roy went on for a hat tick to help the Canadiens win the game 5-2.